What is going on with the Florida Panthers? Down 0-2 in the series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Panthers will look to finally score a victory in this matchup when they take their turn to be the road team in Game 3. Check out our preview below of this Panthers vs. Lightning 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs showdown.
Betting Preview for the Florida Panthers vs Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Playoffs Round 2 Game 3 on May 22, 2022
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa
When: Sunday, May 22, 2022, 1:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Florida Panthers (-1.5)
Regular Season Record: 58-18-6
The Panthers have to find their offense soon. Florida coughed up just a total of two goals in the first two games of the second round, losing 4-1 in Game 1 and 2-1 in Game 2. What made those losses feel even worse for the Panthers is that they experienced both at home. However, it could also be that a change of scenery is what the Panthers need right now to get their usually electric offense going. Back in the regular season, the Panthers led the league in scoring with 4.11 goals per game; they were the only team that averaged at least four goals per contest. The last time they were on the road, the Panthers eliminated the Washington Capitals with a 4-3 overtime win on May 13.
The Panthers enter Game 3 with an 11-3 in their last 14 games after taking two full days of rest.
Betting on the Tampa Bay Lightning (+1.5)
Regular Season Record: 51-23-8
Tampa Bay is getting the job done in the second round in large part because its goalie is showing why he is arguably the best postseason goalie in the game today. Andrei Vasilevskiy has been excellent in front of the net for the Lightning. So far in the Florida series, Vasilevskiy has given up just a couple of goals on 70 shots faced for a .971 SV%. The Lightning, as a team, have also done a masterful job of highlighting the struggles of Florida on the power play. Through two games in the series, the Panthers have gone just 0/7 on the man advantage. Conversely, the Lighting keep on finding success in the same situation. Four of their six goals in the series have come from the power play (4/9). In the postseason, Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with seven power-play goals while defenseman Victor Hedman has six.
The Lighnting are 6-0 in their last 6 games on a Sunday.
The Lightning win, 3-2.
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